Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout

And away I go!

My current workout is about a 2 or 3 mile run, followed by 6 or 8 rounds of TABATA, 4 or 5 times a week. Which is pretty good! However, I’m finding that although I think I am challenging myself, I don’t push to my full potential. I do squats and planks in my TABATA because I like them and have become at least good enough to do 160 seconds worth. I do NOT do burpees. Burpees are the worst. I hate burpees.

It looks so easy in GIF form...

It looks so easy in GIF form…

Lately I’ve been seeing everyone and their mother doing this Kayla Itsines program, and I’ve got to say, t’s hard to ignore those results.

This is one of MANY transformations featured on Kayla's blog. Check out that tone!

This is one of MANY transformations featured on Kayla’s blog. Check out that tone!

So I decided, what the hell. I’ve got 12 weeks. And now I am replacing my workout three days a week with the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout! With any will power, on my off days I will still be doing my run and TABATA combo, and with even more will power I will start working out twice a day. But let’s be real, I’m not making any promises on that last part.

BTW highly recommend her Instagram for inspiration.

BTW highly recommend her Instagram for inspiration.

I was really excited this morning when I got the nerve up to commit to this, so I thought I would take a sneak peek and do one of the first week workouts. Fun fact about Kayla’s guide: it requires a TON of burpees. But, if it’s on the program, I do it. Even if it makes me look like this

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Have you done the program? Or even better, do it with me!

Updates to come, wish me luck!

WCW: Jillian Michaels

b7ece3b556b5436f592ba8d0ccab023a Jillian Michaels, for me, is up there with Tina Fey and Beyonce. She is brilliant, inspiring, has a fantastic personal brand, and is the perfect balance of positivity and ass-kickery. She’s got sass for everything. When you need to be reminded why you’re working out:

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#RealTalk

When you start thinking “oh this will be easy…” giphy-6 When you dig up every excuse in your arsenal to get out of squats…giphy-10 When there’s just… a few… more…giphy-11 I only have one of her DVDs (the 30 Day Shred), but definitely plan on getting more. Just restarted the 30 Day Shred yesterday and think I might try to keep it up during the Whole Life Challenge! jillian-michaels-700

WCW: Katie Ringley

Look. At. This. Woman.

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Seriously. Look at her. 

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Her body is incredible and inspiring and why am I not doing crunches right now and eating only spinach?This is Katie Ringley and she is a total badass. Not the mass that I am personally going for, but absolutely gorgeous nonetheless. I highly recommend her profiles on all social media channels if you want that extra burst of joyous fitspo in your life! 

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Those legs, tho…

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I’d let her beat me up. Is that weird?

Oh, and have I mentioned that she manages to find incredible balance in her life and and has a fabulous sense of humor? 

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*from Katie’s Instagram

*from Katie's Instagram

*from Katie’s Instagram

She's even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

She’s even brilliant sweaty/post workout. Unfair.

Yeah. Awesome. Follow Katie on Instagram, WordPress, and Facebook, and keep on kickin ass!

WCW: Carly Rowena

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Carly Rowena might be my favorite fitness YouTubber out there. First off, she is a great version of a strong, healthy body, so you know she practices what she preaches. I mean, just look at this. 

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No fuckin’ joke, people. She’s a beast, but a totally achievable beast, which is great inspiration! Her channel includes a bit of everything, from workouts to fitness essentials to tackling any/all topics regarding health. Her videos are high quality and her form is perfect- even videos where she just talks to the camera are entertaining because she has the cutest british accent! Here’s her TMI tag. Watch it and tell me she isn’t the sassiest, cutest chick you want to be best friends with. Come on. 

And here’s one of her “one song workouts” that you should do right now. Come on, let’s do it together. Remember that photo of her abs? Here we go! 

So follow her on YouTube, Instagram, and on her blog for daily inspiration and real talk. Highly recommend!

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Fit Ass Friday

Inspiration!

Inspiration!

This is Chris Pratt. You might remember him from such entertainment as Parks and Rec, Moneyball, and Zero Dark Thirty. He was a fuzzy lil man peach until he started getting roles in major motion pictures, and now he is buff stuff. Feast your eyes upon the goodness, for it is Fit Ass Friday! 

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Oh, okay…

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Simply MARVELous (see what I did there?)

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Yay, muscles! Happy weekend, everyone 🙂